Nightingale College recognizes the value nurses bring to their communities and the importance of providing access to local nursing degree programs that will produce a pipeline of homegrown registered nurses. Rural communities struggle to recruit and retain nurses at an adequate level without draining financial resources and ensuring positive patient health management. Health care facilities that are understaffed and don’t have access to educational advancement for pre-nursing employees become victim of staff and agency nurses. If understaffing is not addressed, detrimental outcomes could pursue in the community’s overall health and well-being. Through the realization that understaffed units place patient safety and care at risk, Nightingale College embarks on the journey to support rural America’s fight against the nursing shortage.
Nightingale College provides a solution to the community’s nursing needs through extending access to its full-distance ADN and RN-to-BSN programs, with local simulation labs outfitted and run by the College’s local faculty. The College partners with local healthcare systems and communities to educate residents locally, encouraging them to pursue local careers upon graduation. The College joins the community’s efforts to eliminate the nursing shortage and elevate the quality of health care provided by creating this pipeline of qualified nurse graduates.
“I’m excited about programs like [Nightingale College’s] to allow rural communities to have some different options because the brick-and-mortar schools are just not applicable anymore.”
Bobby Richardson, Chief Nursing Officer for the Uintah Basin Medical Center (obtained January 2016)
How It Works
Nightingale College’s Dedicated Distance Cohorts (DDCs) partnerships define the agreement between the College and health care facilities that participate in providing nursing education to the community. The College outfits a local simulation lab in a partner’s facility with low-, medium-, and high-fidelity equipment at no cost to partner. Learners attend lab locally at their assigned location and engage with local clinical partners during their time in the program.
Present registered nurses looking to further their nursing knowledge and skills may enroll in the bachelor’s program at Nightingale College without the need to move away to attend a BSN program. The RN-to-BSN Program has both a full- and part-time option designed with working RNs in mind. The RN-to-BSN Program curriculum has an employer capstone project at its core as well as a community health project.
Through the DDC partnership, health care facilities become a hub for learning and advancement within the nursing profession in their community. As DDCs mature, learning modules can be customized to reflect the community’s health challenges.
“Nightingale’s [education] model for critical access areas is amazing, and not only for critical access areas, but for areas where the nursing supply is short and where organizations can’t retain their nursing staff.”
Whitney Hunter, Talent Recruiter for the Pennant Healthcare Group, a division of Enzyme Group (obtained 2015)
A College Built by Nurses for Nurses
Nightingale College’s foundation was built by nurses looking to improve nursing education and usher in the system of distance nursing education with local, on-ground components. The vision of Nightingale College’s founders guides the College to continuously improve its curriculum to reflect the latest evidence-based concepts while driving the College to avidly pursue a route for accessible education available to all communities—no matter the location.
Nightingale College has two nursing education programs that are approved for distance education: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program and the Registered Nurse (RN)-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program.
Nightingale College’s Mission and Values Statements
Guided by the principles of confidence, competence, and compassion, Nightingale College is committed to creating pathways to educational and professional success for its learners, alumni, and collaborators; to improving the communities it serves; and to elevating healthcare.
Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, lit the way for success with her unwavering values. Today and always, we commit to following her path of going Beyond Self with Excellence, Integrity, Respecting Humanity, Collaboration, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability.
Beyond Self: A commitment to selflessly serving others.
Excellence: A commitment to actualizing all potentials.
Integrity: A commitment to doing what is right.
Respecting Humanity: A commitment to honoring and accepting every individual.
Collaboration: A commitment to building synergy and succeeding together.
Continuous Improvement: A commitment to evolving relentlessly.
Accountability: A commitment to fulfilling all commitments.
Neighbor Serving Neighbor
Rural hospitals and health care facilities embody the best of the American spirit. Nightingale College is proud to help communities strengthen the bond between hospitals and patients by providing programs dedicated to developing future RNs, and educating and elevating local licensed nurses.
Health care systems eager to learn more about Nightingale College’s DDC Partnership Program can visit www.nightingale.edu/ddc to learn more about the process to becoming a DDC Partner and discover the opportunities available to DDC Partners. Explore Nightingale College’s nursing education programs at www.nightingale.edu.
Health care systems ready to bring nursing education to the community through the College’s DDC Program may contact the College’s Partnerships Department to see if the specific area qualifies.
Regional Manager, Partnerships
Vice President, Partnerships and Business Development